Perhaps a bit strange to put it that way now, because the Renault 16 TX has stood still for many years as an eye-catcher in the 'display window' of the Dijkstra garage. But the 16 TX had already proven itself for Henk. In its time it was just a car with special features.
By: Dirk de Jong
It is known that it was purchased new in Sneek from Renault dealer de Vries, where it returned after many years as a trade-in car at Dijkstra in Leeuwarden, who maintained the elegant top model perfectly and regularly at the new owner.
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It was logical, that when Henk heard that the car would become available, he immediately wanted this great piece of comfort back in possession for his unique Renault & classic collection. After all, the Renault 16 TX was the most luxurious version and was also 'car of the year' in 1965. The jury already thought that the design and technology were very progressive.
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Henk: “From a technical point of view, maintenance at the Renaults meant a line. Lubrication was no longer there, and for those who kept track of the turns, driving was always without problems. We had a lot of 16 riders in Leeuwarden who generally drove a lot of kilometers and who we didn't see much in the garage. ”
Free up time for the hobby?
How is it possible that Henk can make time for his car hobby. In addition to this Renault 16 TX, there is also a Renault Avantime, Renault 5 in convertible version, but also one Citroën DS and some other classics that would all deserve to be described. His answer is clear: “By being busy with my car hobby I clear my head. That is wonderful, you don't think about anything anymore, you feel 'mentally cleansed' again and then you can tackle your daily busy activities again. ”
Fortunately, there are still many enthusiastic people who want to keep the driving heritage alive. The Renault 16 TX is unique for Henk in many ways. With him it is not necessary to investigate from a psychological perspective where the fondness of the Renault brand stems from. The evidence piles up when you visit his Renault classic paradise. Then it's just 'plus de plaisir'.
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